The Obama Administration has launched a long-term plan to curb antibiotic resistance, unveiling incentives and requirements designed to boost surveillance and diagnosis of resistant microbes, speed new drug development and require that hospitals and clinics adopt antimicrobial...
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Official reports of child abuse may overestimate the tendency of such maltreatment to run in families. Parents who were abused themselves as kids are more likely than nonabused parents to be reported to authorities after having sexually abused or neglected their own children, a new study finds. Yet child protective service agencies should not assume that child abuse and neglect only or mostly...
An ambitious, hotly debated system of no-take reserves inside the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park has boosted the population of its most commercially valuable fishes, says the first 10-year progress report.
Coral trout (Plectropomus species) are now more common and bigger in protected spots than in comparable places still being fished,...
The 2015 Abel Prize, sometimes called the Nobel Prize of mathematics, will go to John F. Nash Jr. and Louis Nirenberg for work on partial differential equations, which are important in both pure math and describing natural phenomena.
Nash, of Princeton University and well-known as the subject of the book and movie A Beautiful Mind, shared...
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A failure to replicate
Tina Hesman Saey’s two-part series, “Repeat Performance” (SN: 1/24/15, p. 20...
Sorting things into categories is one of the first scientific skills that children can learn. Categorizing, be it socks, rocks or plants, just seems to be an innate human urge. Categories help organize the world around us. Naming those categories allows us a simpler way to...
Cícero Moraes is adding new portraits to the human family album. The 3-D designer based in Sinop, Brazil, has digitally reconstructed the faces of over 15 extinct hominid species, including Paranthropus boisei, a distant cousin to modern humans. The faces are on display at the University of Padua in Italy (see "...
One bust depicts a gaunt-faced man with a beaked nose and angular chin. Nearby, another has rounded cheeks and a softer nose and chin. But the two faces were both created based on the skull of one man, St. Anthony of Padua.
The gaunt face, a reconstruction made 20 years ago, is closer to how St. Anthony appears in religious artwork. The...
Imagine if tens of thousands of years from now, archaeologists were to dig up a pile of wrecked, 20th century cars and try to figure out what people did with the strange-looking things.
After measuring soil-encrusted automobile shells and scattered engine innards, the researchers might well announce...
- Reviews & Previews 03/21/2015 - 18:19 Technology, Materials, History of Science